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Born in Athens, studied at Berklee college on full scolarship.

Played and recorded with such diverse artists as pianists Mike Jones, Aydin Essen, Vassilis Tsabropoulos and Chris Jacob, saxophonists Jim Odgren, Andy Sheppard and Dimitri Vasilakis, bassists Manuel Orza, Xavier Padilla, Jack Kulp,Yotis Kiourktsoglou and George Fakanas. He is in regular collaboration with jazz master Craig Bailey and noted organist George Kontrafouris. Sought after clinician he has collaborated with Thomas Lang, Dom Famularo and George Kollias amongst many others. He is currently the head of  Modern Music School percussion department  and working with the power jazz trio Nukeleus involving super pianist Sami Amiris and bassist Pericles Trivolis.

The Nukleus jazz trio was formed in May 2006, its intention being the realisation of certain specific projects. The first of them was named "Masterpieces revisited". And here's why: one of the many differences between jazz and classical music is that, from the jazzers' side, there is a near total lack of revision as far as the large scale modern jazz compositions are concerned. Masterpieces revisited is a selection of compositions by Corea, B.Marsalis, Beirach, Camillo, Evans, Hancock, Williams as well as some standards, rearranged in Nukleus's polyrythmic/polymorphic musical manner. A rather bold endeavour considering the degree of difficulty of some of these pieces but we feel confident that the outcome will please the ears of both connoiseur and casual listeners.

The past four years have been very intense as far as the band's activity is concerned. Apart from establishing our brand of jazz both in Greece and Europe we had the pleasure of collaborating with some exceptional musicians like flautist Robin Ashe-Roy and saxophonist Lyn Dobson. Recently we joined forces with Craig Bailey (former lead alto sax for Ray Charles) with whom we are currently touring Europe and recording a new album.

On behalf of NUKeLEUS


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Yannis has endorsements from R stick Drumsticks, Flix Brushes, Cympad Swiss and Gabriel Drums

have taken part in quite a few festivals, such as Novi Sad Festival 2008 , Muse Festival 2006 in A.C.S. , Drummer's Day 2007 festival in the Art Music School (Y. Fakanas), Take Five Project in Half Note jazz club, Jazz Steps, etc.

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